Fuse Box Upgrade – What You Need To Know
Are you searching google for fuse box upgrades and what you need to consider when upgrading from a fuse box to a switchboard? If so, it sounds like you may be having issues with your fuse box and looking to upgrade to the latest safety devices to protect your home. Not to worry, we have a completed guide on how to upgrade your fuse box. True Local Electricians are specialists in fuse box repairs and fuse box upgrades to new safety box switchboards. If you need any assistance in repairing or upgrading your fusebox, please phone us for 24/7 emergency service.
Fuse boxes will need to be replaced when they become an electrical hazard and become unsafe. Generally, if the fuse box was installed prior to 1980, you should have it replaced and also your home wiring replaced. Older fuse boxes have experienced great wear and tear and can potentially become a serious fire hazard. Other common reasons you should upgrade your fuse box:
- Repeated blown fuses
- Overheating cabling
- Burning smells
- Flickering lights
- Electrical Fires
- Presence of an asbestos panel
- Porcelain ceramic fuses
- Cotton cloth wiring
What is a fuse box?
A fuse box is the electrical box located on the side of your residential home. Power comes into the property from the street and is then routed throughout the home via the electrical wiring and circuits. The power passes through fuses which are a safety protection device.
Are fuse boxes old?
Yes, fuses and fuse boxes are now obsolete. Fuses were commonly installed in homes built prior to the 1980’s as a protection device against overloading and electrical fires. The modern-day equivalent is called a switchboard.
Are fuse boxes dangerous?
Yes, fuses are now old and obsolete and do not offer the safety protections which is offered by a new switchboard with RCD Safety Switches. If the switchboard is rusty then it may not be compliant and you should consider upgrading it to a new 600×600 NSW meter box.
What is the difference between a fuse box and switchboard?
Fuse boxes are designed to cut off the power if an electrical circuit is being overloaded. Old fuses were also typically mounted on an asbestos panel which by today’s standards is illegal. However modern RCD Safety switches are designed to serve a few functions. Like fuses they will shut off the power in the event of overloading, however they will also monitor the circuit for earth leakage which essentially means in the even that a human may get electrocuted by a faulty appliance, they will shut off the power. If you have a fuse box, you should consider upgrading to a switchboard to protect your home.
What is in a new Switchboard?
Our new switchboards come with a new 600×600 meter box with a bakelite fireproof panel installed. We then install Hager RCBO’s and Residual Current Devices as a safety device on each circuit to protect you and your home. RCD’s are commonly called Safety Switches.